Issue 2022/1 of The Wannabe Naturalist™ Magazine is available now. Inside this issue we look at the relationship between photography and storytelling, and nature, the
environment, and life.
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In This Issue
The Wannabe Naturalist™ Edition 2022/1
Photography Destination: Lake Norman, North
Gardeners Know the Dirt: The Pipevine
Swallowtail Butterfly ·
What to Read? Drawing on the Right Side of
the Brain: The Definitive, 4th Edition ·
Nature: Turkey Vultures ·
And much more!
I started hand-coding html (the language most websites were, and still
are, designed with) in 1993—that was shortly after Al Gore invented the
Internet. I focused on search engine optimization (SEO) and paid search with
the goal to drive traffic to my websites in order to make the cash register ring
[link]. I soon realized that I lacked the artistic ability to design a website
that was aesthetically pleasing. With that in mind, I enrolled in an intensive
design course offered by the UCSD Design Art Center in San Diego. I loved it.
Eighteen months of intensive graphic and web design, art appreciation, and
photography. What opened my eyes (literally) was a book called Drawing with
the Right Side of the Brain (read more about this book in The Wannabe Naturalist™ magazine). Up until this point of my life, I considered myself a “left brain”
person. I was trained and educated as an accountant, and I spent hours and
hours analyzing the traffic to my websites with pivot tables, charts, and
graphs. I always downplayed my musical, artistic, and creative talents—until I
read this book and realized that, like reading, drawing is a skill that can be
taught and learned. The way I looked at the world and photographed it changed.
Read more inside.
Lake Norman in North Carolina
Norman is the largest man-made body of fresh water in North Carolina. It was
created between 1959 and 1964 as part of the construction of the Cowans Ford
Dam by Duke Energy. Read more inside.
“What you wanna do? I dunno, what do you wanna do?” This
is the familiar exchange between Buzzie, Flaps, Ziggy, and Dizzy, the
vulture characters of Disney's 1967 animated feature film, “The Jungle Book.”
They appear to be a parody of the Beatles; turkey vultures always remind me of them. Read more about these fascinating birds inside.
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